Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Flint adds talented forward trio

Michel Beausoleil, Mike Alexiou and Jaroslav Cesky all signed with the Flint Generals this week, adding to the team's supply of forwards.

Beausoleil spent the past season with the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League where he netted 19 goals and added 21 assists for 40 points and 71 penalty minutes in 54 games. He helped the Blazers return to the CHL playoffs where he had four points and 18 penalty minutes in 14 games.

“We are looking for Michel to be a force offensively,” said Generals director of hockey operations Ron Sanko. “He is a gifted and skilled player who we expect to be one of our team leaders in scoring.”

Alexiou spent four seasons at Merrimack College where he finished among the top 10 in scoring each of his four years.

“Mike has good skills and understands the game well,” said Generals head coach Kevin Kerr. “He will fill a role for us on the third line and we are happy to have him.”

Cesky, a native of the Czech Republic, was traded to Oklahoma City from the Tulsa Oilers, a team he was entering his third season with. In 31 games with the Blazers, the speedy right-winger had six goals and six assists for 12 points and 36 penalty minutes. He appeared in 13 playoff games with the Blazers and had five points (two goals and three assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

“Jaroslav is another quality guy with good work ethic, qreat speed and can contribute offensively to the lineup,” said Kerr. “He reminds me a lot of Jan Jas who was voted as a fan favorite with our team last year. He is a European who plays the North American style of game with an edge. We are building our team around toughness and grit and he will fit into our plans.”

Flint has 10 players under contract for the upcoming season.


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